Freight transportation is the movement of goods or cargo from one place to another physically by any way possible. Commercial Freight Services are usually conducted by land, sea and air. In land shipping, there exists 2 ways of transportation via trucks or trains. Firstly, the goods can be carried directly from the shipper’s warehouse to destination. This method of shipping is known as door-to-door delivery or direct shipping. The other method is known as intermodal shipping, where the cargo undergoes both land and air or sea shipping. Trucks are used to pick up the goods from the place of origin to a seaport or airport where the plane or ship takes over the parcel. This is usually carried out over a large water body or across continents inaccessible by roads. In sea freight, a large ship or vessel carries containers of goods in pallets slowly across the oceans. In air freight, a plane is used to carry the cargo to another country.
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3PL, or third party logistics, or more commonly known as freight forwarder, provides multiple logistics services for customers. These services may or may not be done by the provider. Some of these services include transportation, warehousing, cross-docking, inventory management, packaging and freight forwarding.
Some companies offer special cargo services such as handling military cargo, perishables, over dimensional cargo or hazardous cargo. They deliver various types of perishable goods such as agro-products, foodstuffs, livestock, and pharmaceuticals in a carefully regulated temperature. Hazardous cargo is classified into 9 classes: explosives, gases, flammable liquids, flammable solids, oxidizing substances organic peroxides, toxic and infectious substances, radioactive material, corrosive substances, miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles.
Quality of shipper’s own container is very important too. It has to be perfect in enduring harsh conditions, superior water resistance and sturdy design to ensure a safe and reliable storage.
Cargo insurance and insurance claims are another vital consideration point when shipping. Cargo insurance is a form of insurance that protects your goods against all forms of risks and losses during shipping. They help to mitigate business losses by reducing the exposure to financial risks. This gives the exporter a peace of mind. Certain goods such as those fragile, high in value or perishables are encouraged to be protected. Cargo insurance can be bought through private insurance companies, or more conveniently, through your freight forwarder.
Why choose M&P International Freight?
M&P International Freight provides a comprehensive list of top-notch services to ensure your freight is well taken care of. They pride themselves as a one-stop freight solutions centre where all your logistical and administrative needs such as application of cargo insurance, customs documentation and price negotiation are in good professional hands. This gives you the advantage of having the most cost efficient plan and time to look after your main business.
M&P International Freights has years of experience in the industry, contact us today and let us know how we can assist you!